Baltimore County Now
Yes - you heard it right, magical and extraordinary things are happening in Baltimore County. At a recent open house celebrating National Business Week hosted by the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC), attendees where enchanted by a tale of daring to make a dream into a reality.
Kim Cross started her business with an idea and a visit to the SBRC. Working with small business counselor Kim Taylor, she received financial planning, legal advice and help building a viable business and marketing plan.
Today, Faerie magazinetantalizes the imagination with lush exquisite photography, original fiction and poetry, articles to spark creativity, and craft tutorials—with a dash of faerie magic sprinkled throughout. Revenue for the high-end quarterly print publications tops $1 million. With over one million Facebook likes and not a cent spent on advertising, it’s easy to start believing in the magical and extraordinary.
During the SBRC open house County Executive Kevin Kamenetz awarded the 2015 Small Business Resource Award to Ms. Cross for her impressive ingenuity and success.
“I’m constantly telling small business owners to check out the Small Business Resource Center because it is so extremely helpful, it does not cost anything, and you’re dealing with professionals that really care,” said Ms. Cross.
“To see someone go from an idea to revenues of a million dollars - and moving on up - is really exciting,” said Director of Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development Will Anderson. “We’re going to help Faerie Magazine get into the export market to their increase sales. This is the kind of exciting small business that the County can help grow, whether it’s through financing, marketing or working on a business plan.”
The SBRC conveniently shares space with the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, where programs and events help their more than 500 members develop strategic relationships in the business community.
So, start dreaming. Baltimore County is here to help make it happen.
Contact the Small Business Resource Center for a free business consultation at410-825-6200.
Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center
From tearooms to sign companies, computer services to hair salons, the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) has provided guidance to more than 6,000 clients and helped 700 businesses get started since its founding 30 years ago.
The SBRC, a joint effort between the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, helps people establish, grow and improve their business in Baltimore County. The SBRC’s counselors work one-on-one with clients to help them develop business and marketing plans and find financing, real estate and other resources. Counselors also hold drop-in sessions at public libraries throughout the County.
“The SBRC counselors are a wealth of information, providing assistance and advice to current and would-be entrepreneurs at every stage of the business planning process,” said Keith Scott, President and CEO of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and SBRC.
At its annual open house, the SBRC gave an award to Nikki Lewis of Mallow Crunchies, who has worked with both counselors since her business first started at local farmers markets. Today, Lewis sells her treats at The Mallow Bar, a café in Rosedale, focused exclusively on the production and sale of the artisan crispy treats.
From June 17-21, the United States is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Small Business Week. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. Small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center is located at 102 West Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson. For more information, or to set up an appointment with a SBRC counselor, call 410-825-6200.